Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Conquered and brought to Egypt as slaves, ancient Israelites endured before God appointed Moses to lead them to freedom, parted the sea for their escape, and provided food in the desert—all signs of the Lord’s love. Scribes and Pharisees wanted Jesus to give them a new sign. Instead, He said that the notoriously sinful people of Nineveh repented when the prophet Jonah warned them of God’s anger. The lesson still applied. To a vast crowd, Jesus told a parable of seed falling on hard, rocky, weed-choked, and good ground. When God’s Word takes firm root in our hearts, worldly tribulations cannot prevent us from growing in faith and living fruitful lives. We have the Ten Commandments. What can we weed out of our lives that detracts from living in obedience, as Jesus taught?

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